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CTU reached an agreement with Epic Academy that provides for remote learning through the second quarter, ending Feb. 4, 2021. The agreement also allows for “no stakes” observations. Finally, the union was able to negotiate 30 minutes on the clock for union meetings each month. All this was achieved before even negotiating our first contract.

Epic held a Union meeting this week where members came to learn how their first contract would be negotiated. This DEMANDS meeting also provided teachers, social workers, paraprofessionals and security members an opportunity to voice their desires for the first contract.

CICS Civitas notified workers that they were moving from twice a month to every two weeks’ pay roll. The Union has demanded to bargain the issue. While the actual annual pay remains the same, members will get less pay in each paycheck. CICS gave only a two-week notice which is not enough time for many members to adjust to the changes.

Charter schools are preparing for delegate elections. CTU-ACTS will have delegate elections at the same time as the rest of the Union. CTU is working to clarify constitutional issues for non-teacher delegates. The election also has sparked a discussion within the division about the role of delegates and the role of CTU-ACTS council officers.

Latino Youth High School members are in the 10th week of refusing an order to report to school and instead continue to work remotely. The CTU is engaged in negotiations with the charter’s management organization, Pilsen Wellness Center, around a host of issues including wages for the last two years of their collective bargaining agreement. Negotiations have been especially challenging.